Independence

The Privilege to Vote

1776, 1870, 1920, 1965: Important dates in our nation’s history for they represent not only independence from Britain, but establishing rights in a democratic society. With the passing of the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, all American citizens, regardless of gender or skin color, were granted the right to have a share in the democratic process. Yet today, over 50 years since president Lyndon Johnson...

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Swimming Upstream

Nature shows fascinate viewers with the struggle of salmon to swim upstream to spawn.  This natural instinct seems to go against the very laws of physics.  We often hear others who struggle use the phrase…”it’s like swimming against the current.” Yet, each Fall Pacific salmon leave their salt water homes and return to fresh water to reproduce.  Despite myriads of obstacles en route, they power on, thus completing their life...

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MAYbe

The word “maybe” is synonymous with “fence sitting”.  Which way to go?  What path to take?   The word is frequently used as a way to dodge a promise. A child asks a parent for a treat/toy/playdate, the social invitation that is offered with the hopes of (perhaps) a better one waiting in the wings, the boss who is depending on your loyalty and subtle hope that you will go that extra mile despite the demand and stress it may...

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The Ants Go Marching One by One

You had a job interview but think, “why bother, I won’t get the job.” You assume you’ll NEVER get married and you’ll ALWAYS be alone and lonely. You tried snowboarding/knitting/piano playing once and you didn’t do well so, therefore, you will never do well at it so why bother trying. Your coworker is laughing so he must be laughing at you. What do these scenarios have in common? ANTs: Automatic Negative Thoughts. Just...

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Change is not just about the coins in your pocket

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change The courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference August has us straddling the proverbial fence. One foot on solid turf of heat and summer fun, the other reminding us that the season of sun and fun are about to take a turn. Back to school sales and winter coat displays bodes of change. Time marches on, seasons evolve, and change occurs. As much as we may cringe...

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Aging Gracefully or is it Gratefully???

Youth and beauty are the operative values of American culture. Products that promise and promote the return of youthful skin/energy/sexual drive abound. Plastic surgeons offer a reversal of the effects of the aging process through face lifts, botox injections, juvederm and other techniques and products that promise a return to youthful skin, appearance, and admiration. Must we succumb? Must we “buy” into the promise, promotion, and judgment...

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